Rainwater Fanatic

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Cleaning out a pond

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:11

I agree with nutcutlet that you will not want to get rid of the all the sludge. If you just want to get rid of some of it, I would suggest that after you do your sieving, leave any sludge piled up next to the pond for a few days so that any remaining pondlife that get through the sieving have a chance of finding their way back in. To give them a fighting chance, best done when it is overcast.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:02

Hi Bf206

This is a pretty good resource for all things garlic including tips on when to harvest. It is different depending on whether you have hard or softneck varieties.


They say that hardneck varieties are ready when the leaves start to change colour, and softneck is when they start to lay on the ground.

I bought my  bulbs from them this year and the results (so far) have been far better than anything I have managed to produce in the past. Hopefully the same will be true when I get around to harvesting. 



Pak Choi has bolted :(

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 11:40

Hi Paul,

I am pretty certain that Pak Choi is one of those crops that needs to be sown where it is to grow. Transplanting makes it very prone to bolting. 

O.T. just thought you might like this.

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:38


Music - Tenderness by Dan Phillipson : premiumbeat.com/royalty_free_music/songs/tenderness

O.T. just thought you might like this.

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:25

Absolutely Stunning. Beautifully crafted, incredible music. It gave me goose bumps. Brilliant!


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:12

Last year at the Gardeners' World Live show I asked some chap from the UK Tomato Growers Association if he had any advice for us amateurs on growing Toms. His main advice was not to water after aboput 4pm, or as he eloquently put it - 'They don't like going to bed with their feet wet'.

Screening ideas

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:02


This seems to cover the subject pretty well. Sadly, you are not alone Pauline. Good luck in finding a solution. It must be infuriating.

Screening ideas

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:48

If you put a couple of very long posts in front of the offending flag with some trellis linking them at the top, an evergreen climber and a vigorous clematis might do the job. The evergreen to act as an all year screen, and the clematis to look great in the summer. They should cover that area pretty quickly.

I'm curious, is your neighbour a football supporter with an England flag?

wilting plants in the sun

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 16:10

I love that idea biofreak. To follow your analogy, is it true that the more borage you add, the greater the risk of finding your plants horizontal? That is certainly true with me and Pimms.

planting out runner beans and courgettes

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 11:28

I agree with KEF and Bookertoo. The weather was just too tempting this weekend to leave everything in the greenhouse and so I planted out MOST of the Toms, Courgettes etc. I also have the fleece on standby and did keep a few plants in the greenhouse just in case.

I am usually an all or nothing person but think that it is not such a bad idea to occassionally sit on the fence when it comes to guessing the British weather. When I was at the GC this weekend they still had stacks of veg plants for sale and so if we do have a disaster within the next week or so, there will be plenty of time to replace as necessary.

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